Medical Malpractice Attorney in Denver, CO
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Attorney David Woodruff is recognized in Best Lawyers in America, has been repeatedly named a Colorado SuperLawyer, and has been named “Barristers Best – Plaintiffs’ Medical Malpractice
Mr. Woodruff has obtained several record-setting medical malpractice awards, including the largest medical malpractice arbitration award in U.S. history ($70 million), the largest known medical malpractice settlement in Colorado history ($22 million), the largest jury verdict in Colorado at the time ($15 million), and the largest jury verdicts in both Ft. Collins ($4 million) and Colorado Springs ($4 million).
Woodruff and his team of lawyers and paralegals have handled some of the most complex and difficult medical malpractice cases in the country.
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Medical Malpractice Claims in Colorado
Medical mistakes, or “medical malpractice,” often result in catastrophic injury or death. A claim against a physician or hospital staff requires evidence that the health care provider violated the “Standard of Care,” or the rules health care providers must follow in providing medical care to patients.
In Colorado, a hospital is legally responsible for medical malpractice or negligence of employees of the hospital, such as nurses, technicians, or therapists. Doctors are generally considered “independent” of
Examples of Medical Malpractice Cases
With over 175 years of combined experience in handling medical malpractice claims, our lawyers have represented a breadth of injuries that clients have sustained at the hands of a care provider. There are multiple different types of medical malpractice - any time that a healthcare provider breaches the standard of care that is owed to a patient, and that breach results in harm that would not have otherwise occurred, medical malpractice has been committed.
Examples of medical malpractice cases handled by Denver Trial Lawyers ® include:
- Birth Injury: While some birth injuries are inevitable, and while there are various factors outside of a doctor’s control that affect the risk of a birth injury (such as the size of the baby at time of birth), a doctor has a duty to do everything possible to reduce the risk of injury, and to exercise a reasonable degree of care. The improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor, failing to properly monitor a baby prior to birth, failing to perform an emergency C-section, and other errors can all lead to harm.
- Chiropractic Negligence: Chiropractors, like other medical professionals, owe the same duty of care to their patients as do other healthcare experts. Negligence that can lead to patient harm includes failing to refer a patient to a specialist, failing to get a patient’s informed consent, and improper manipulation of the body.
- Surgical Malpractice: When a patient undergoes a surgery, there are dozens of things that can go wrong - it is up to the surgeon to make sure that nothing does. Unfortunately, anesthesia errors, infections, leaving surgical equipment within a patient, operating on the wrong patient or wrong body part, and numerous other errors are more common than one may think.
- Misdiagnosis: While a doctor may not have a duty to properly diagnose every condition 100 percent of the time, they do have a responsibility to make sure that the proper steps towards achieving a proper diagnosis are followed. If a misdiagnosis is a result of a failure to refer a patient to a specialist, misinterpretation of test results, failure to order certain tests, or other acts of malpractice, a patient may have a claim.
- Medication Mistakes: Medication mistakes affect patients of all ages and who suffer from a variety of conditions. Examples of errors that can be very costly, or even deadly, to a patient include giving the patient the wrong medication, giving the wrong dose, giving a medication at the wrong time, giving a medication to the wrong patient, giving the patient a medication that is dangerous when combined with other medications the patient takes, and administration errors.
Medical malpractice cases are very complicated and expensive to pursue. The medical malpractice team at Denver Trial Lawyers ® understands the complex medical and legal issues associated with medical malpractice cases and can effectively pursue compensation on their clients’ behalf.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on a Medical Malpractice Claim?
While knowing what your rights are when you’re in the midst of a health crisis can be overwhelming and confusing, your ability to pursue a medical malpractice suit in Denver is limited by the state’s statute of limitations - the cap on the amount of time that you have to sue.
In Colorado, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the act of malpractice. This means that if you undergo a surgery and you learn (on the day of your surgery) that the surgeon operated on the wrong body part, you will have two years from the date of that surgery to file a medical malpractice claim for damages. If you do not file your claim within two years’ time, you will lose your right to recover damages.
There are some exceptions to the two-year deadline. In the event that the malpractice was not discovered immediately because it was concealed by the defendant, because a foreign object was left within the victim, or because, through reasonable due diligence, the injury could not have been discovered sooner, the statute of limitations can be extended.
In some cases, the statute of limitations may also be extended if the defendant left the state after committing the malpractice. If you have questions about the statute of limitations and how much time you have to file a claim, it is best to consult with an experienced lawyer who can answer your questions.
Representation from an Award-Winning Denver Medical Malpractice Lawyer!
If you have been seriously injured by the negligence of a medical professional, contact an experienced Denver medical malpractice attorney immediately to discuss your options. You trust your caregivers to provide an appropriate standard of care in every service that they provide. If negligence in this trust causes you injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
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